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If there's some red line that Trump could cross, some depth he could stoop to in words or action, that would cost him the support of North Dakota's delegation, he doesn't seem to have crossed it yet.
The season is here. There is that moment of opening the card and sharing joy of the season. The words. The pictures.
"Do we want conservatism to be seen as a pragmatic set of principles for balancing our collective need for a government with the rights of individuals? Or the gospel of some fire-and-brimstone bible-thumper who has never met a conspiracy theory he didn't cotton to?"
Trump has been an aberration. He stormed onto the political scene and rallied a following before most people knew who or what he was. Because he won in the primaries, the rational Republicans had little choice but to accept him as their candidate.

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Columnist Roxane B. Salonen writes, "Only time can heal the great loss we feel when our loved ones die—and even that, imperfectly. But there is something deeper, and truer, than what we can hold in this world. It is love. And the love of a mother does not end at death."
Jenny Schlecht explains how a "where are you" call led to an evening of protecting barn cats and hunting raccoons.
The doctor is approaching his 82nd birthday and is leaving public service.
Multiple major companies have had to make the choice between access to China's markets and labor resources and standing against Chinese autocracy.
Columnist Jim Shaw offers critical remarks after North Dakota Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer voted against the Respect for Marriage Act. "Hoeven and Cramer are using religion as a cover to justify bigotry and discrimination," Shaw writes. "History will not be on their side."
Columnist Scott Hennen takes time to be thankful for the local community's generosity.

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How are we – you and me and our friends and neighbors – supposed to solve seemingly insurmountable problems that have bewildered the best and the brightest for decades?
There are other traditions that fall into place this time of year.
Somehow, Trump-aligned "conservatives" went full circle, from prudent skeptics of authoritarianism to its footsoldiers, Rob Port writes.

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